Broadcast News Archive for December, 2002
20/12/2002 Barry Diller to keynote NAB2003
Barry Diller is to deliver the all-industry opening keynote address at NAB2003 in Las Vegas. In his varied career, Diller has served as Vice President of Prime Time Television for ABC Entertainment,

20/12/2002 Leitch equipment chosen by QVC
Leitch Technology Corporation have announced a major sale of their Genesis infrastructure platform and Leitch’s CCS Pilot software application for advanced configuration, control and monitoring to QVC

20/12/2002 Matrox announce free Sonic Solutions DVDit! SE upgrade promotion
Matrox Video Products Group have announced that all purchasers of Matrox RT.X100 or RT.X10 cards between December 1, 2002 and February 28, 2003 are entitled to a free upgrade from Sonic Solutions DVDi

20/12/2002 NTL announce film channel to close
The Studio, the film channel set up by Vivendi and NTL, is to close at the end of the year. The channel, available via NTL's digital TV subscription package, screened classic movies to 1.4m NTL subs

20/12/2002 OFT find Sky not guilty of competition breaches
After a lengthy investigation into allegations of anti-competitive practises, the UK Office of Fair Trading have concluded a study into Sky's business practises. The company has not been found in br

20/12/2002 Pinnacle Systems to acquire Steinberg Media Technologies
Pinnacle Systems have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the stock of Steinberg Media Technologies AG, based in Hamburg, Germany. Steinberg specialises in

20/12/2002 Sonic enhance desktop and set-top DVD
Sonic Solutions have announced that they are to add support for the Philips-developed DVD+RW Video Recording Format (+VR) to the Sonic AuthorScript DVD creation engine. By adding +VR recording suppo

19/12/2002 BBC pay talks continue
BECTU and NUJ representatives met management on December 16 to continue a series of meetings, which began with the annual pay settlement in August 2002. The talks cover a new pay and grading system,

19/12/2002 Discreet purchase 5D technology assets
Discreet have announced they have closed a bit for the technology assets of the now defunct 5D. The liquidation of 5D Solutions' assets was triggered after 5D elected to close their worldwide offices

19/12/2002 Elliott to take over at ITV
ITV drama boss Nick Elliott is to run the network for six weeks in the New Year, as the BBC executive who has been hired to replace David Liddiment cannot start until February Elliott, who considered

19/12/2002 JVC to showcase new projector at VideoForum
Following their recent success with d-cinema in 2002, JVC are to showcase at VideoForum the latest in their comprehensive range of high resolution D-ILA electronic projectors, the SXGA plus model SX21

19/12/2002 New authorised service centres for ETC
The first week of December saw ETC using the newly finished demo room at their Acton offices for a full week of hands-on, technical product training for new and existing Authorised Service Centres (AS

19/12/2002 New chief appointed at FilmFour
Channel 4 drama chief Tessa Ross is to head their new film division FilmFour, the broadcaster confirmed on Wednesday. Ross will step down as head of drama to focus on film, a move seen as crucial in

19/12/2002 Redundancies announced at HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment, home of 'Bob the Builder' and 'Barney the Dinosaur', are to cut 70 jobs after buying the company behind 'Thomas the Tank' Engine earlier this year. Sixty jobs will go when the Sou

19/12/2002 Scripts wanted from Bristol & West writers
'The Sitcom Trials', the comedy show in which new sitcoms compete, makes its TV debut on ITV1 in the West of England on February 21 2003, live every Friday night from Bristol. Devised and presented b

18/12/2002 Aidikoff screening room choose JVC
JVC have announced that the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room, one of the oldest, most prestigious private screening rooms headquartered in Beverly Hills, chose JVC's DLA-G150CL projector to enhance the

18/12/2002 Aura hold AGM and announce new appointments
Following their recent AGM, the performers organisation AURA have announced that Stephen King has been appointed as chairman, taking over from Peter Jenner, who held the position for three years. Jen

18/12/2002 Avid Europe announces significant sale to New Delhi Television
Avid Technology have announced a significant sale of a digital newsroom solution to New Delhi Television (NDTV) in India. NDTV’s technical and operational team performed a factory acceptance of the

18/12/2002 CMP invest in 844/X from Media 100
As 844/X from Media 100 continues to gain traction with media professionals worldwide, Create Media Partners (CMP) are the latest company to invest in the award-winning editing system for lightning-fa

18/12/2002 Edifis launch Scratchbox enhancement
A major new announcement from Edifis, Lucifer is a powerful and affordable automatic image enhancement option for Scratchbox. Scratchbox provides an efficient and easy-to-use toolset for repairing da

18/12/2002 Skillset to fund hostile environment training for journalists
The case of Channel 4 reporters Zaiba Malik and Bruno Sorrentino, freed from captivity in Bangladesh on Wednesday December 10, highlights the increasing dangers faced by foreign correspondents post Se

18/12/2002 Software remote control facilitates lower system costs
Ultimatte have announced that their Virtual Control Panel, a software user interface for the remote operation and adjustment of Ultimatte's real-time digital video product line, is now shipping. For

18/12/2002 TL Audio unveil Ivory 5052 Stereo Valve Processor
TL Audio have launched their new 5052 Stereo Valve Processor, the latest addition to their Ivory 2 series. The 5052 provides "everything you would expect" from a high quality ‘channel strip’ product

17/12/2002 BECTU agree ballot rules with BSkyB
BECTU have announced that a vote on union recognition at a BSkyB call centre is likely to start in January. BECTU and BSkyB management have agreed to ground rules for the ballot, which identify the s

17/12/2002 Cross-market growth for Discreet 3ds max
Following the refocus of its systems and software products into separate operations, the software division of Discreet has reported continued massive year-on-year growth across all its target markets.